Tuesday, 7 January 2014

The Basics...

One of my most consistently asked questions is what I would recommend as basics or essentials in everyones wardrobe. And as much as I love a statement piece here or there, 90% of my wardrobe is made up of everyday essentials that transition easily from running errands during the day to attending an event in the evening. Over the years I've come to realise (after spending countless amounts of money on pieces I only wore once or twice), that basics are the way to go, they're timeless and can complement basically anything in your wardrobe. So would I recommend spending that little extra for everyday basics? Hell yeah.

My tips for selecting your basics is to narrow down your key style and what you like to wear/what you find yourself wearing on a daily basis, and invest your money there. I'm a huge pants person, so I always go that little extra when it comes to denim (I love Nobody denim and Current/Elliott) and leather. Key looks that I find myself drawn to on the daily are stripes, denim, heather grey, leather and of course, all black.

Here's a little breakdown of my key recommendations:
- Stripes: striped anything
- A denim/chambray shirt
- Basic pocket tees in white, black and heather grey
- A black knit
- Denim cutoffs and jeans
- Leather (or waxed/coated denim) pants and shorts
- LBD (in varying lengths and textures, i.e. lace or midi length)
- Shoes: leopard flats, Converse/Vans, peep toe booties, and ankle strap heels
- Accessories: a classic black tote, leopard print scarf, small clutch, and a statement watch (I wear my rose gold Michael Kors everyday)

The great thing about all the pieces I've listed below, is that they can all be worn in NUMEROUS different combinations, for example the Equipment black cashmere sweater with One Teaspoon bandits and classic Chuck Taylors or the Viktoria and Woods striped day dress with the Tony Bianco peep toe boots. My staple pieces greatly resemble what's below!

1. Viktoria and Woods Casino LS Tee $99.00 (available here) | 2. Country Road Chambray Pocket Shirt $99.95 (available here) | 3. Rag & bone The Pocket Tee $135.20 (available here) | 4. Equipment Sloane Cashmere Sweater $434.50 (available here) 

1. Nobody Denim Cult Skinny $189.00 (available here) | 2. Toi et Moi Montrer Skinny Jean $99.95 (available here) | 3. Bardot Leatherette Gym Short $79.95 (SOLD OUT, shop similar here) |  4. One Teaspoon Beauty Bandits $89.00 (available here) 

1. Bec & Bridge Kathy Mesh Body Dress $250.00 (available here) | 2. Viktoria and Woods Sayer Raglan Dress $59.00 (SOLD OUT) | 3. C&M Rosabelle Dress $170.00 (SOLD OUT) 


1. Senso Molly III $199.00 (available here) | 2. Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Lo $89.95 (available here) | 3. Tony Bianco Ashtyn Boots $219.95 (available here) | 4. Rocboots Adios $129.95 (available here)


1. VP the label Bleecker $389 (available here) | 2. Louis Vuitton Leopard Stole $975.00 (available here) | 3. The Bag Department Lucie Zip Pouch $140.00 (available here) | 4. Michael Kors Rose Gold Chronograph Watch $325.70 (available here)